Fantasy Literature Book Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire

My Blog Tour is taking a week and a half hiatus. It will start up again on Monday, May 21st. In the interim, since this blog was originally supposed to include fantasy book and movie reviews, but got sidetracked by vampire essays, I’m going to post several of the reviews that I’ve got in the pipeline. Most of the reviews have already been posted on Shelfari.com, but I’m reposting them here.

 

Mistborn: The Final Empire

I was introduced to Brandon Sanderson’s work via Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. And I was very impressed with how he took up the mantle since Robert Jordan passed away. Mistborn: The Final Empire is one of his (Sanderson’s) earlier works. The writing is a little rougher, but still exceptional. And I found the story to be original and clever, adding a few twists to the standard hero-goes-to-save-the-world-from-certain-doom plotline. I, too, had an idea to write a book where the Dark Lord was in control; unfortunately, Brandon Sanderson beat me to it. And he did an excellent job. The magic system, although I hesitate to call it “magic” because it was unusual and creative and seems to stand by itself, was intriguing and well thought out. The “nasties” of the world were intriguing and cool. I particularly liked the Inquisitors.

 

Of course, the book wasn’t perfect. The two main characters, Vin and Kelsier, were well developed and interesting. But, I thought the thieving crew to which they belonged (Breeze, Ham, Dockson, etc…) didn’t distinguish themselves very well with me. Perhaps, they could have been developed more (but that would have been even more pages for a 600 page book), or they could have been reduced in number. Whatever it was, Dockson, Ham, and the others kind of blended together for me. Breeze was fine. He was described distinctly and his attitude shone through throughout the book. But the others… I couldn’t really tell apart; they were kind of amorphous “thieving crew members.” But that was the only significant flaw I found in the book. And that only involved the minor characters (although they were important minor characters).

 

There were a couple of twists in the book that surprised me even though, looking back, they flowed naturally from everything that came before. Overall, the book was well worth the read. I’ll give it four and a half stars (not quite a five, but close enough) out of five. Brandon Sanderson is rapidly becoming my new favorite author.

 

This review was originally posted on Shelfari.com on 2-4-12.

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The author, Matthew D. Ryan, lives in northern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, one of the largest lakes in the continental United States, famous for the Battle of Plattsburgh and the ever-elusive Lake Champlain Monster, a beastie more commonly referred to as Champy. Matthew has studied philosophy, mathematics, and computer science in the academic world. He has earned a black belt in martial arts.

3 responses to “Fantasy Literature Book Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire”

  1. sampiper22 says :

    I too loved Sanderson’s Final Empire! I thought the magic system was one of the best I’ve encountered (though I agree magic seems not to be the best word: it’s science, alchemy perhaps) and Kelsier was a brilliantly charismatic figure. His older dourer brother Marsh develops through the trilogy too!

    Personally a tad too many fancy balls and dresses for my liking!

    Check out my review of the sequel to the trilogy (set in Wild West era rather than the usual milieu) Alloy of Law.

  2. Cirias says :

    I really can’t wait to give this series a go. Must finish Game of Thrones first!

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